‘The Snow Lion Cries in Mangalore’
by VJ News Service
(Vijay Times | October 7, 2003)
'Tashi Sholpa' Dance by the Tibetan Students
Although India may feel proud about rehabilitation of the refugees
who were exiled from Tibet, overall it has been passive in its
support to the Tibetan struggle for freedom. This view was echoed
by Sethu Das, founder and president of Friends of Tibet (India),
Mumbai. One cannot neglect the support given to the Tibetan movement
by the Indians in places like Delhi, Agra and Chennai. But Mangalore
has been lukewarm. We Indians have it in us to help Tibet gain
freedom by supporting their struggle, said Sethu, who is here to
attend "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion", the three-day Tibetan festival.
The festival has been organised by the Tibetan Student's Association,
Mangalore, in collaboration with Friends of Tibet (India), Mumbai was
inaugurated by Dhrampal Negi, Inspector General of Police (IGP). In
his inaugural address Negi stressed the need for preservation of
Tibetan culture, especially by the younger generation. He called
upon Tibetans to consider India their own land.
The ongoing Chinese occupation has brought in heavy military presence
and has been exploiting Tibet endangering the balance of the whole
of Asia. China's decision to build a railway line to Lhasa, holds
strategic military implications for India. India has not reacted to
these moves by China, said CA Kallianpur, All India Coordinator,
Friends of Tibet (India). He alleged that India should have been
conscious of the danger, but is completely indifferent.
The festival at Shanti Nilaya Hall, Balmatta, has much to offer. The
photo exhibition 'A Long Look Homewards', portrays the life of the
Tibetans before exile and their freedom struggle. It will next be
seen in Pune and Hyderabad.
A screening of films is scheduled for Tuesday. 'Tibet: Cry of the
Snow Lion', 'Escape from Tibet', 'Windhorse' and 'Kundun' are some
of the films which will be shown. Talks will be given by Sethu
Das and Tenzin Tsundue, writer and activist, on 'Why Tibet' and
'The New Generation of Tibetans Growing In Exile', respectively.
A special attraction is the live performance of the Tibetan snow
lion dance. The third day has a 'Taste of Tibetan Dishes,' a food
festival, where Tibetan food will be served on payment. The event
promises a complete Tibetan experience.